Price sits close to the northern section of the San Rafael Swell, which is home to vast deserts, yawning canyons, and fascinating rock formations. The area is known for its coal mining, as well as its recreational opportunities. Price is a great jumping-off point for visits to Goblin Valley State Park and the Cleveland-Lloyd Dinosaur Quarry. You'll find some amazing pictograph and petroglyph rock art at places like Nine Mile Canyon, Wedge Overlook and Buckhorn Draw. The Huntington Eccles Canyon National Scenic Byway is nearby with its views of vertical cliffs and escarpments, unique vegetation, and crystal water lakes.

San Rafael Swell Goblin Valley State Park

Price was a typical Mormon community, then the railroad came through town. Coal mining soon replaced ranching and farming as the town was flooded with immigrants from around the world. The Price Mural captures much of the area's history in a colorful work of art in the Price Municipal Building. The city is home to Utah State University Eastern and the USU Eastern Prehistoric Museum (Read: A Deep Dig into Utah's Deep Time). In nearby Helper, you'll find the Western Mining and Railroad Museum. The art of ancient cultures is well-represented in Nine Mile Canyon, a 40-mile stretch that can take the better part of a day to fully experience its pictographs and petroglyphs. The nearby San Rafael Swell area shelters many old cowboy and mine sites. 

Family Fun Attractions

Cleveland-Lloyd Dinosaur Quarry has a newly renovated and expanded visitor center containing a 30-foot Allosaur skeletal mount and almost two dozen other new exhibits. Located 32 miles south of Price on Hwys 10, 155, and then signed county roads, (435) 636-3600.

Desert Wave Pool has three action waves and calm water for year-round swims, 240 East 500 North, (435) 637-7946.

The USU Eastern Prehistoric Museum, located in downtown Price, offers extensive exhibits in paleontology, archaeology and geology including a reconstruction of a huge Columbian mammoth and activity areas for the kids. 155 E. Main St., (435) 613-5060.

The North Springs Shooting Complex is nestled in the hills by Wattis, an old mining community 15 miles south of Price. The facility has many venues and will accommodate shooters of all ages and abilities, including the Law Enforcement Training Range and Public Range, (435) 636-3705.

Other Nearby Attractions

The Museum of the San Rafael in Castle Dale shows the geologic attributes, plant and animal life of the area, along with native artifacts and history. The Bryner Pioneer Museum in Price provides a glimpse of the hardy, dedicated farmers and ranchers who sought their living from an unforgiving land.

For more detailed information on attractions, accommodations and dining, visit Carbon Country Office of Tourism.


Why Price Is the Perfect Basecamp for Your Adventures in Central Utah

Written By Matcha

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The gateway to outdoor recreation in Utah's Carbon Corridor, Price offers easy access to climbing, hiking, mountain biking and off-roading.

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